Choosing the right amp is just as important as choosing the right guitar, but finding the best guitar amp under 300 is a difficult task. There are so many to choose from. Each amp has its own sound that is unique. One amp might be absolutely perfect for a metal player, but for a funk guitarist, that amp would be constantly fighting with them. Different amps are suited for different styles. In terms of style, I believe the amp choice is MORE important than the choice of guitar. A jazz guitar could get by when played through a metal amp, but playing a metal guitar though a jazz amp would get you no where near the right sound. This is why amp choice is extremely important.
The first step in figuring out which amp is best for you is to figure out what you like to hear, and what you want to sound like. Then learn about the amps of the players you like. Is there anything special about their amps? Anything you notice that all their amps have in common? For myself all the players I looked up to always used tube, fender style, amplifiers, so when I was buying of my first amps, I absolutely had to get a fender style tube amp.
There may be something else you can find in common about all of your favorite players amps. Go explore and find out. We hope you find what you're looking for on our best amps under 300 list.
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Best Tube Amp Vs. Best Modeling Amp
Almost every guitarist agrees that tube amps a simply superior in their sound when compared to solid state modeling amps. The only issue with this is that there are not any good quality tube amps in this price range. There aren't any tube amps under 300 that are going to work well for you for years and years.
At this price point, you are much better off looking into the best modeling amps under 300, so you can get a reliable piece of gear that will be able to serve you for years to come, rather than a shady tube amp.
The Fender Mustang is a great affordable versatile amp. It comes stock with over 100 presets. Not only that, but you can create your own, or download other's using an app. It is pretty cool to want to have a specific tone. To then look it up, and have it downloaded on your amp in seconds. Tone presets are released by both Fender and community members.
Because of the ability to download tones and create your own. This amp is extremely versatile. It really can do whatever you ask of it. I have used this amp for gigs that I need to switch to completely different tones very quickly. One tune I would need a jazz sound, and the next a rock tone. It is as easy as turning the dial on the amp.
As much as I love this amp for its versatility, it does have a few downsides as well. I think that although modeling amps are a great tool, they just don't sound as good as a real tube amp with the analog pedals, but that's just my opinion. Many people love the sounds from a modeling amp, and honestly no one besides guitar players will be able to hear the difference. It all sounds pretty much the same to non guitar players. Another small downside of this amp is that It cannot pump out too much volume, but that is true of all amps under 300. There are not many lower priced amps that can pump out the volume needed for some small to medium sized gigs.
The last thing I would like to mention about this amp is that many modeling amps can't do a good clean tone as well as a good dirty tone, but this amp can do both. It can be a great rock amp and it can also be one of the best jazz guitar amps out there. It's very versatile.
- Extremely versatile
- Download tones online
- Easy to use
- Not very loud
- Not a fully authentic sound
This amp is another awesome amp for under 300. For some this surely is the best amp under 300. It just all depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for an amp for rock or metal this could certainly be it for you. This thing is killer when it's overdriven a little. Amazing rock tones for a great price. It comes with four channels. Clean, crunch, overdrive 1, and overdrive 2. Each increase the amount the amp is overdriven. Because of that overdrive 2 is your highest gain channel. This channel is perfect for hard rock and metal, and makes this amp one of the best metal amps under 300. Something cool about these channels is that you can save one preset on each channel, so if you really like how something sounds, you can save it. Even if the dials get all messed up, the setting will still be saved, and will sound exactly the same.
This amp also comes with some built in effects. Not nearly as many as the Fender Mustang however. This amp comes with a few different options for a chorus, flanger, phaser, and delay. Along with that, the amp also comes with two reverb options, studio and spring. Spring reverb is exactly like all other spring reverbs, but the studio reverb is more like a large room reverb.
For someone who likes high gain guitar playing this amp could be phenomenal. It is at an amazing price point as well. Great for a beginner looking to get into higher gain genres, or someone looking for an inexpensive and portable practice amp.
- Great for higher gain genres
- Comes with simple effects
- Super affordable
- Comes in a cheaper version as well
- Not a super versatile amp
- Limited effects
- Can only save four presets
This is THE beginner amp. If I am ever at a buddy's house and they just picked up the electric guitar, or they had tried at some point, this is the amp they have. For a good reason too. This amp is exactly what a beginner asks for. Priced super low, sounds good, has built in effects, and compact. The effects that come on this amp include reverb, flanger, delay, vibrato, and tremolo. There are a few different types of each effect also, so it isn't just one type of reverb or one type of delay, so that is nice.
This amp would be able to perform in super small quieter venues, like a coffee shop. I have used amps that are just as loud as this one in coffee shops before, and they've worked just fine.
For those of you who are not beginners, this amp also makes for a good practice amp. Because of its light weight and compact design, this amp is super easy to move from place to place.
This amp is really just a fastball right down the middle. There is not much fancy about it, but it absolutely gets the job done.
- Onboard effects
- Lightweight and compact
- Super low price point
- Sound is good, but not great
The Orange Crush 35RT is the main competitor of the Marshall MG30 on this list. They both specialize in the same thing. They both specialize in high gain playing. Because of this these amps are great for both metal and rock music. The Orange Crush 35RT leaves a little to be desired on its clean channel, but that isn't what we are here for.
This amp is equipped with a simple switch with one end labeled "Clean" and the other "Dirty". Not exactly difficult to understand. This amp was built to be on the dirty setting. The dirty setting is awesome. It has really killer tones for classic rock to heavy metal.
This amp is great for bedroom practice and not much else. It is loud enough for a venue like a coffee shop, but I haven't been to many coffee shops that have live metal performances. If that's your hustle though, who am I to knock it?
For the price, this amp is killer. The biggest downside is that it can't get loud enough to play somewhere like a bar, but no amp on this list gets loud enough for that.
One more detail is that the RT in the name stands for reverb and tuner because the amp comes with digital reverb and a built in tuner.
- Great for high gain playing
- Simple and effective controls
- Great for bedroom practice
- Not loud enough for most small to mid sized venues
This is a super cool and unique amp. It is the most portable amp on this list, and it can also be used as a bluetooth speaker. Similar to other amps on this list it comes with a few built in effects. These include flanger, delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, and tremolo. Along with all of those effects it also has 5 different channels with increasing levels of gain. This amp produces great clean tones, and great high gain tones. All of this is what makes it the best small guitar amp on the market today.
With all that being said, this amp is not much more than a practice amp. It cannot quite put out the volume needed for most performances, but that is okay because that is clearly its intent. A practice amp should be small and super easy to carry around. This amp is only about six pounds and its dimensions are about 14" by 7" by 6". This is great because if I don't need the volume, I would much rather carry around this amp than my 55lbs Hot Rod DeVille.
- Super portable
- Also a great bluetooth speaker
- Extremely versatile
- A little pricey for the size
- Limited to a practice amp
- Does not offer a lot of low end
The Fender Acoustasonic 40 is the best acoustic guitar amp under 300. Something that is really cool about this amp is that vocals and guitar can come out of the amp at the same time. This makes it perfect for things like a solo coffee shop performance, and just practicing at home. I have used this amp many times for small performances. I play through it, the singer sings through it, and it works perfectly fine.
Something that is really difficult to figure out with this amp at first is how to eliminate feedback. Feedback is a big issue with acoustic electric guitars. Feedback happens when the amplified signal gets back into the original sound source, and then gets amplified again. I have found the two best ways to eliminate or lessen feedback is to simply face the amp away from the guitar, or block the sound hole. Sound hole blockers can be bought online for a few bucks, or you can simply tape a CD over the sound hole. Both with work just fine.
Since acoustic music is so often what is played in coffee shops and other small venues, this amp is perfect for those types of gigs.
I believe this to be the best guitar amp under 300 for acoustic guitars.
- Great for acoustic guitars
- Can be used to amplify vocals
- Priced very well
- Not versatile
- Hard to avoid feedback
This is an amp that has been hyped up a lot over the past few years, and for good reason too. This amp is the king of tone for under 300. There are tons of side by side comparisons to amps that cost thousands of dollars more than this one, and highly skilled guitarists cannot tell the difference.
This amp does a pretty good job when it is played cleanly, but where it really shines is once there is a little overdrive on the signal. It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between an amp like this and something like a Marshall DSL 40. To put it simply, I don't think there is an amp with tone this good until you pay three to four times as much. This amp is truly incredible.
This amp also comes with a few effects preloaded on it. These include flanger, chorus, reverb, and boosts. Also through the Boss Tone Studio, you can edit the effects you are using, to get more effects, or just get the right type of effect.
- Killer tone
- Change tones with Tone Studio
- Caters towards acoustic guitars as well
- Clean tone isn't perfect, but still very very good.
This concludes our best guitar amps under $300 list. An important thing to remember is that there are amps that will work better for different people. Some people want to learn jazz, some want to learn metal, and some want to learn punk rock. All of these genres have unique sounds that different amps are better for each of them. I hope we can help you find whatever amp is best for you.
Please remember though, it isn't the equipment that makes tone good or bad. Tone is in the fingers, so please go practice.